House Speaker John Boehner has drawn a line in the sand on the Senate’s Gang of 8 bill or any bill, for that matter, that deals with illegal immigration. He will follow the Hastert Rule. The Hastert Rule, named for former Speaker Dennis Hastert, means that a bill will not be brought up for a vote unless it has majority support from the majority. In other words, a majority of Republicans would have to support a particular bill before Boehner would allow a vote.
Of course, had Boehner invoked the Hastert Rule before we wouldn’t have seen a tax increase.
I’m, quite frankly, sick and tired of hearing that the illegal immigration problem is complicated. It’s very simple. If you broke into this country you have to leave and apply to come in the right way. Ah, but we can’t deport 11 million people, they say. That’s ridiculous. We didn’t pay to import them, we won’t have to pay to deport them. All we have to do is do what I’ve been advocating for at least ten years: Demagnetize America.
You cut off the magnets that brought these people here. Why did they come in the first place? Because of the magnets; the jobs and the government benefits. You cut those off and they go home. If the penalty for hiring an illegal alien is you lose your business license then you would never risk hiring an illegal alien. This needs to be a federal law. We make E-Verify mandatory. E-Verify is a program run by Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. It is Internet-based, simple to use and free. In a matter of seconds an employer can check on a potential employee and make sure they’re legal. If there’s a problem the employee has 8 business days to present the proper documentation to straighten the problem out. Many states are already using this for state employees and it’s the law of the land for federal employees.
With E-Verify there is no excuse in hiring an illegal alien. If the penalty is the loss of your business you’ll make double sure you’re hiring only legal workers. If we also make it illegal to provide government benefits to illegal aliens other than emergency services then the problem is solved overnight.
Think about it. If you were told by your employer that you could not work in this state any longer what would you do? You’d pack up immediately and move to another state. That’s what we do with Demagnetize America. We give all of the illegals and their employers six months to put their personal and financial affairs in order then we start cracking down. Simultaneously, we secure the borders. We put some of that drone technology to good use – unarmed, of course. We bring our boys back from Afghanistan and we put them on the border doing something that directly affects our national security. The drug-running stops. The terrorists stop sneaking across our borders. The illegals who are here go home and anyone coming to this country comes the right way.
The unemployment problem all but evaporates. With people back to work we’re able to drastically cut the welfare programs and get the economy moving. If only Congress were proposing all of this. What we’re trying to do is to stop them from making the problem even worse by legalizing 11 to 20 million illegal aliens.
The good news is John Boehner is standing between us and a country-crippling illegal immigration law. The bad news is only John Boehner is standing between us and a country-crippling illegal immigration law.